The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
March Meetings will Focus on Agriculture Policy
Are you interested in agriculture policy? No? What about animal management and resulting waste problems? Over-use of antibiotics? Reasonably priced and healthy food? Water pollution? Government supports vs. the free market? Accurate food labeling?
At our March 18-19 meetings, we will look at long-standing League positions and consider possible areas for modification or addition. Our general introduction to issues this month will be followed by a formal consensus meeting in April to answer specific questions. Presenters are long-time League leaders Carolyn Cushing and Judy Rosenblatt.
The March 18th meeting will be at the Little Venetian Inn, 2900 Rice St., Little Canada. A social hour and dinner begins at 5:30 p.m.; the program begins at 7:00 p.m. The March 19th meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 910 County Road D, Roseville. Please RSVP to Stephanie DeBenedet at 651-483-1006 or firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Monday, March 17th to make a dinner reservation for the March 18th dinner. No reservation is required for the 7:00 program only on the 18th.
February meeting focused on meeting the needs of citizens with Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia and their caregivers
According to the 2010 Census, 6,785 of Roseville's 33,660 residents are 65 and older; 5,200 adults live alone; 2,200 of those are 65 and older. A total of 746 residents had Alzheimer's disease, a 7 percent increase since 2000. The number is expected to increase to 795, or 14 percent, by 2020, and to 871, or 25 percent, by 2024.
How will we successfully address the challenges of our aging population? Are we prepared to meet the needs of persons with Alzheimer's disease and Dementia? What are the needs of caregivers?
Those questions have been the focus of the Roseville Alzheimer's and Dementia Action Team - a group of Roseville citizens, municipal staff and service providers who have been meeting since September.
League member Lisa Edstrom, a member of the community team, shared its work at the Feb. 18-19 unit meetings of the Roseville-Maplewood-Falcon Heights chapter of the League of Women Voters Minnesota. Those attending completed a survey and provided input/feedback to the working group.
For more information on the project, contact Lisa Edstrom at 651-238-8880.
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February 3, 2014